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Japanese Festival Sounds


Originating in ancient India as part of religious and ceremonial events and celebrations, Taiko drumming found its way to Korea, China and Japan. The musical group Japanese Festival Sounds/ Kinnara Taiko blends the traditional art of Taiko drumming with a modern Japanese-American style. The intent is to communicate the cultural fusion through these contemporary compositions for the Taiko drums. John Y. Mori states, "As we express ourselves we create new traditions." Lessons focus on rhythmic patterns, percussion sounds and fusion. The universal themes of Transformation and Enduring Values provide a strong webbing for this unit.




Watch a video of Japanese Festival Sounds - Asobi:

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Video excerpt courtesy of the Department of Music, California State University, Northridge and the Instructional Media Center, and producer Mary Shamrock.

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